I thought up the idea for this cartoon after reading an article in the San Jose Mercury News by Sean Webby about the spike in sick calls in the San Jose police department this year. This year the police department has gone through a season of layoffs, pay cuts and a possible reduction in their pensions, and this has to the lowest staff levels in two decades. Homicide in San Jose is at its highest level in 14 years as a result.
In the last month or so, because of clashes between police and protesters at Occupy Oakland and at various college campuses, the police are often depicted in many circles as being adversaries of the Occupy Wall Street movement. When I first began to attend some of the Occupy San Jose events, though, many of the participants mentioned to me that many of the San Jose police whom they talked to expressed sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street cause. I have a feeling this is true of many of the police across the nation. Even though they were responsible for breaking up a lot of the Occupy encampments, I have a feeling that many were were just doing their jobs and held private opinions that were sympathetic. The police are struggling just like the rest of us.
Here are some youtube videos of police unions across the nation trying to negotiate through budget cuts and layoffs.
POLICE UNIONS SHOWING SUPPORT FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS IN WISCONSIN
POLICE UNIONS IN PORTAGE COUNTY, OHIO
POLICE UNIONS IN ALBURQUERQUE
OCCUPY BALTIMORE WINS SUPPORT OF POLICE AND FIREFIGHTER UNIONS
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